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Think It's a Stroke? Here's What You Should Do

First and foremost, the stroke patient needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

In addition, patients need to have blood tests as well as a CT scan (computed tomography imaging) to determine if and where a clot exists. These necessary steps add to the time it takes for a patient to be treated, and time is brain.

The safest and best way to get to the hospital is to call 9-1-1.

We have great EMS providers in our area who can stabilize the patient and help physicians and WakeMed prepare for the patient’s arrival.

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Know the Symptoms of a Stroke

Here is a simple test from the American Stroke Association to help determine if a person is having a stroke.

Balance - Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance? Is he/she having trouble walking?

Eyes - Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?

Speech - Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Are the words slurred? Is he/she having trouble getting words out?

Time - If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.


Get to the Hospital

See any of these signs? BE FAST, and call 911 to get to the nearest hospital where acute stroke treatment is readily available.

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  • Balance

    Is the person losing his/her coordination or balance?

  • Eyes

    Is the person having trouble seeing out of one or both eyes?

  • Face

    Does the face look uneven or drift down?

  • Arm

    Does one arm drift down?

  • Speech

    Does the person's speech sound strange?

  • Time

    If you observe any of these signs, it is time
    to call 9-1-1. 

The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.

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